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initially wanted, but who also backed off from was this guy, john brennan. this was john brennan with president obama when president obama first took office. john brennan was reportedly president obama's choice to lead the cia after he first became president in his first term. john brennan had been a career cia figure. he had served as chief of staff to george tenet when george tenet under george bush developed their torture and secret prison program. john brennan's association with the torture and secret prison program of the george bush era of the cia is what sunk his chances for being picked as director of the cia at the start of the obama presidency. it's kind of weird. it's almost a con foreign concept in american modern politics that the left might block something from happening, but it's true. liberals thought obama stopping the torture program wasn't enough. that people tarred by association with that program should not be promoted, that there should be political accountability for people who were close to the torture policy. liberals raised enough noise about john brenna
. chuck hagel for secretary ever defense. and john brennan for director of the central intelligence agency. chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an american patriot. he enlisted in the army and volunteered for vietnam. as a young private and then sergeant, he served with honor along side his own brother. when chuck was hit by shrapnel, his brother saved him. when his brother was injured bay mine, chuck risked his life to pull him to safety. to this day, chuck bears the scars and shrapnel from battles he fought in our name. chuck hagel's leadership of our military would be historic. he would be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war. and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. as i saw during our visits together to afghanistan and iraq, in chuck hagel our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. they see one of their own. chuck's a champion of our troops and our veterans and our military families pch as a leader of the v.a., we thought to give our vetera
at this point. for the past four years john brennan has served as the president's top counterterrorism advisor at the white house. he will face questions about the administration's expanded drone assassination program. brennan has been the, at the forefront of that program. he was the first to come out in and publicly acknowledge it back in april of last year. brennan has been notably absent of any public discussions about benghazi for which he is likely to also face a degree of tough scrutiny. jenna? jenna: what, so that is for the head of the cia. these are big positions. let's move to the defense secretary as well. what can you tell us about the president's pick for defense secretary, the controversy down in d.c. surrounding potentially that choice? >> reporter: what has concerned both republicans and democrats, in terms of the choice of chuck hagel for defense secretary is essentially remarks that he made when he was in the senate about israel. in 2006 he gave an interview tomorrow toer middle east envoy aaron david miller. hagel said the following. >> the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of
democrats on capitol hill to get the votes he need? >>> enhanced interrogation. john brennan the president's pick to run the cia could face a lot of questions over his role in shaping counterterror policies during the bush administration and, frankly, with the drone wars of the obama years. >>> and then politics loses one of its best biographers, well, ever. saying good-bye to richard ben kramer, a man who knew what it takes better than anybody. >>> good morning from washington. it's tuesday, january 8th, 2013. this is "daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. my first reads of the morning. chuck hagel's nomination has set up a tough, new political fight for the white house. a fight president obama signaled he's ready to have over the plain spoken vietnam veteran. >> willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular. even if it defied the conventional wisdom. that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security team. >> under fire for his past statements about israel and iran. hagel is now speaking out. told his hometown newspaper "lincoln journal star." the distersions about my record h
to chuck hagel. no change in diversity there. cia director from petraeus to john brennan, no change. tim geithner to jack lou, no change there. john kerry is nominated to replace secretary of state hillary clinton, that's one less woman, the possible replacement with ashton carter, one less minority. and head of the epa lisa jackson, the first black woman to hold that title, her replacement is unknown. of hundreds of senior appoint ees and nominees, 48% were minority or women according to the national journal. and 13 out of 22 of his first cabinet members were diverse. that's a record. but it's not only about ethnicity and gender, the president could potentially nominate the first openly gay cabinet member. he could choose more with business executive experience. his team head count dropped 25% on that measure. age diversity is an issue too. right now two-thirds of obama's team are baby boomers. history shows cabinet choices have lasting effects, madeleine albright's nomination was followed by 15 years of diverse secretaries of state. farther back, president lincoln's cabinet strategy as
to answer questions about past comments he made about israel and gays. and john brennan picked to lead the c.i.a. will have to answer questions to link to enhanced interrogation techniques during the bush administration. jeff sessions and others coming out against jack lew for treasury-secretary. sessions says he believes lew 2010 budget testimony before congress was, quote, the most colossal misrepresentation in history. listen. >> i just had one vote on it. i do think the senate needs to push back against this idea that people can come before our committee and say anything they want to inaccurately and two years later want to be promoted to a higher office in our country really in the world. the secretary of treasury and we shouldn't treat that lightly. he needs to be held to account in my opinion. >> arthel: in order to get these nominees appointed, will president obama l have on to expend a lot of capital? former outreach director for john mckay and christy is director of new heights communications. good to see both of you. christy, i'm going to start with you today. should the senate ch
in government. the trio of john kerry for secretary of state, john brennan for the cia, and former senator chuck hagel for the defense department would be unique in that both kerry and hagel are vietnam veterans who have had firsthand experience of war. so what will this mean in terms of how america will approach military conflict in the future. jonathan capehart is an msnbc contributor and an opinion writer for "the washington post" and jimmy williams joins us from washington and is an msnbc contributor. john, when the president announced his pick for defense secretary, he made an important reference to how chuck hagel understands the notion of war. take a listen to this, john. >> chuck knows war is not an abstraction. he understands that sending young americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that's something we only do when it's absolutely necessary. >> it sounds like chuck hagel is going to be a million miles away from the idiocy that we heard throughout the republican primaries when people like rick santorum and mitt romney would try to outdo each other in terms of their desire to s
with them. one is john brennan, the president's counter-terrorism adviser, he has many, many allies, they are lobbying hard to any perceived problems with his choice. before that, he was chief of staff to cia director george tennet, in the george w. bush days. that is why john brennan didn't get the nomination to run the cia in the first time around. so his confirmation hearings this time around, february 7th, should be very interested. there is controversy there. the other nomination, where there used to be suspense, is former republican senator chuck hagel, i say there used to be suspense, because there were questions about whether there would be fight from the left have dried up. chris coombs, all have met with mr. hagel this week, he assuaged their worries, ditto, charles schumer, of new york, he addressed criticism of his hard-line anti-gay and anti-abortion political past. he addressed that criticism, where they largely neutralized it. ahead of his confirmation hearings on thursday, republicans are making noises about chuck hagel. the only strange remaining might be evidence o
, obviously, and is a capitalist. >> well, i would think after chuck hagel and mr. john brennan, the senate republicans with the tie. [laughter] >> they have been opposing the names them out for several days. i was with senator graham and senator stott today. and i would say this with respect to jack lew. i am much more concerned by the fact that he presided over the facts of a budget proposal from this president. my friends on the other side of the i love to go back to the president. you know how many votes as budget proposal got the united states house and senate? the same number that my daughter's budget proposal. so i am concerned over the fact that he cannot draft a budget. if he is willing to unveil the most closely guarded national secret that we have, which is president obama's and i will be happy to give him a listen. i am more troubled about mr. mr. lew's ability to garner a single vote on capitol hill of. lou: already reminding us of lew's new seat. >> it didn't take long. lou: congressman, we appreciate you being here. congressman trey gowdy. we will have much more on the gun-co
the decision. lou: we will be back and find out what john brennan is doing, the man who will be running the cia. what is that about? we will be right back. ♪ ♪ lou: the president's appointments, i will dismiss them if i may for tonight only. they will be what they will be. the move to my favorite story of the day, senator david fischer of louisiana calling the senate majority leader a complete idiot for saying that the people of louisiana, it was nothing for them, all about super storm sandy. what is your -- and me, what is your reaction to that? >> i think senator reid understood that he had to apologize pronto, which is what he did. you know, things happen. stuff happens. lou: he misspoke, he said, but he did not say that the charge was untrue. i find that fascinating. >> we have a situation where the president is not talking to the minority leader of the senate or the speaker of the house. we have harry reid and mcconnell effectively almost coming to blows. one senator is calling another one day he. and this is supposed to be our, you know, shining city on the health. lou, the. >> and th
to mention is john brennan. john brennan is going to be nominated to head the cia probably today. brennan is very close to the president. i'm told that if there's one person he relies on in the most secret inner debates, it's john brennan who's been his chief counterterrorism and intelligence adviser. john brennan is going to go over to run the cia. in the three branches, he'll have people who were his people. you couldn't say that about gates. he couldn't say that about secretary clinton. and now have that team. and i think that's, again, don't think entirely about the fight ahead. think about what he's trying to accomplish with this group. why he wants them. >> that is the question.brennan goes as planned. what would that mean for the direction of u.s. foreign policy and the president's foreign policy doctrine, and how would it differ from the first four years? >> what that tells you, i think, mika, is this president is serious about completing this process of withdrawal of u.s. troops. kerry and hagel have both spoken very forcefully about ending the combat role in afghanistan. it rein
. that picture -- the general picture you showed before the segment of the top level appointees, john brennan we didn't mention, all being men. it is a change. it is a little disturbing. and the departure of somebody as luminous as hillary clinton, too, makes it feel more stark and more like, you know, really something that should be corrected. and i don't -- i think he will in future appointments. but he doesn't have a chance to correct those top, top appointments. >> your thoughts? you lived through all this. you know what affirmative action looks like. that's not affirmative action. >> no. i preach diversity and will preach it to the president. it's a process and you keep working at it. >> what should -- we worked it with the producers today. trying to frame this question. things happen like this organically. people know people. we know how it works. what is it he didn't do that he should have done affirmatively? >> did he borrow, you know, one of romney's binders full of women or something like that? apparently he didn't. diversity, it has to happen on all levels. so you look for somebody to
said he could put a hold on cia nominee john brennan's nomination until the white house addresses questions about benghazi again. quote -- i do not believe we should confirm anyone as director of the cia until our questions are answered, like who changed ambassador susan rice's talking points and deleted the references to al qaeda. my support for a delaying confirmation is not directed at mr. brennan but is an unfortunate yet necessary action to get information from this administration. the white house is trying to sell, meanwhile, back on hagel, trying to sell hagel's personal story. and no one may tell that better than his brother, tom, who served alongside him in vietnam and described to nbc how they narrowly escaped death together. >> the concussion was incredible. it knocked us both down. and he was behind me and i looked back and he was flat on his back, blood all over his chest. so i went back. things come up where he's being criticized for this or that or the other thing, or we're both having problem. we look at each other and say, you know, what can they do to you? send y
for defense and john brennan to the cia. president obama had previously named senator kerry as the new secretary of state, which has now been confirmed. and on the first day of this year, the president and vice president secured the fiscal cliff deal. now, folks, those are just the highlights. but congressional republicans think the president should get to work? here is what happened in the house of representatives today. >> without objection, the house stands adjourned until friday, februa february 1st, 2013. >> friday february 1st? they're cutting out. they're going somewhere, not working. let's bring in bob shrum, contributor of the daily beast. bob, good to have you with us tonight. >> glad to be here, ed. >> you bet. this is quite a strategy to jab at the president like this when they have probably taken more time off than anybody in america in the month of january. does this win? >> no, look. it's a tweet that makes john boehner look like a twit. it's a juvenile move. but there is a method to it. they got to keep their tea party caucus happy. they're losing on issue after issue t
cia chief john brennan. he was the guy who sort of started the whole drone thing. here's what he said about drones that seems to be really important when we think about what the repercussions could be for this country. >> there's another reason that targeted strikes can be a wise choice. the strategic consequences that inevitably come with the use of force. as we have seen, deploying large armies aoad won't always be our best offense. countries typically don't want foreign soldiers in their cities and towns. >> but they also don't want drones over their towns either. look at pakistan where the president has gone all-in on drones six times more attacks by drones under president obama than under george w. bush. pakistanis, 94% of them think drones kill innocent people. what do we get out of this? >> here's the trade-off. the problem is, this part of africa is one of the big problem spots for the u.s. intelligence community. i travel with general carter hamm, head of the military's africa command, this month and he told me this is one of the real blind spots for u.s. intelligence agencie
senator lindsay graham vows to hold up john brennan's confirmation to the cia until we get inching on the attacks in benghazi. and the national cathedral says yes to same-sex marriage, receiving cheers and jeers. we will have a fair and balanced debate. america's news headquarters from the nation's capitol starts right now. president obama's second term hasn't started officially, but the agenda and the cabinet are taking shape. so are some of the clashes over the president's nominations. jennifer griffin has more on the fights ahead. >> reporter: first, there will be the confirmation battles, many of which seem like they will be bruising. none more than the hearing before the senate armed services committee over the new defense secretary, chuck hagel. the hearings could start as early as this week. the white house has mounted a vigorous defense. hagel says his record on iran, gays and the military has been distorted. members of the armed services committee will question hagel. but today on "face the nation," senator john mccain called hagel a friend, though he has questions and is
expect that to continue. potentially on john brennan. is this a preview of what we might expect down the road with the president's supreme court picks? >> what of the talk of harry reid, the majority leader in the senate, possibly getting rid of the filibustir, the sole tool to stop a vote on certain matters? it is not clear what matters would be -- he would be getting rid of the filibuster on? >> this has been in discussion. it could be a very minor change to the filibuster, versus something major. so i think eye am inclined-- the reason that harry reid is so other than ked, it has stopped business in the senate. they want to be able to bring bills up and to have the filibuster be used for things it's meant to be used for and for people to filibuster, not threat tone filibuster and gum up the gears of the senate. >> speaking of gear, let's change gears to the speech tomorrow while we have you. charles, what about this message that he is going to bring -- how tough will it be for president obama to knock down president obama the first time and to still touch chords that raise the cou
for the head of the cia. that will be john brennan. he is the main counterterrorism adviser to president obama. he talks to the president every day about counter terrorism issues and brennan served in the cia. part of the agency for a number of years, so the white house says he has vast experience in intelligence work. that nomination, again, will come today. >> and we're waiting to hear about that. secretary of state hillary clinton returning to work this morning. first day back on the job, since being sidelined by an illness, concussion, blood clot. she'll bet in meeting first thing this morning and play a big role in welcoming afghan president hamid karzai to washington on friday as well. >>> top stories trending on the web. in india, a barbaric gang rape has caused nationwide outrage, worldwide outrage, five men accused of assaulting a woman and her companion on a bus. a sixth suspect is 17. the companion told a french news agency that the woman was raped and beat nguyen a metal bar. he survived with a broken leg. >>> rescuers are searching for italian fashion designer missoni. his twin en
in war and the first secretary to lead the department. >> and he is giving his nod to john brennan to be next director of the cia. it's really chuck hagel getting the most scrutiny. comments from his past are coming back to haunt him. i want to bring in peter biner from "newsweek" and daily beast. peter wrote what i think is most of the interesting and compelling articles about the hagel nomination, explaining it better than anywhere i've seen it, including the president. the first paragraph of the piece, you write it may prove the most consequential foreign policy appointment of his presidency. because the struggle over hagel is a struggle over whether obama can change the terms of the foreign policy debate. explain that for me. >> i think so far, the debate about military action in iran has been conducted by and large in washington, as if iraq and afghanistan didn't happen. as if we haven't leashed anything from the disaster that these two wars over the last ten years. the real struggle between hagel and his foes, is he wants to bring some of the lessons in to the iran debate tha
. senator kerry, senator hagel, john brennan at cia. this is his team. hillary clinton was picked, as good as she was as secretary of state. he inherited bob gates as secretary of defense. he now has the people in place to do what he wants to do for his own legacy. i think one of those things is we'll be withdrawing from afghanistan and avoid getting into any new wars. with this team, the bar will be set pretty high for a third middle eastern war whether it has to do with iran or syria. >> carl bernstein? >> this is about having obama's own foreign policy that has been said, but something driving a lot of the opposition to hagel and that is his pronouncements about israel. i can say this perhaps because i'm jewish that the american/jewish community and the u.s. congress has got to stop confusing the party with israel. netanyahu are not israel. the so-called american jewish lobby is not israel. israel is a great democracy and divided down the middle the same way we are and the idea as one of the senators from texas said a bit ago that the obama administration doesn't want to deny iran the n
in washington. he's also going to be topping john brennan as the next cia director. also in the news this morning, flowers, foods and mexico's groupo bimbo are among those vying for hostess brands. that's according to reuters. i said bimbo. is it bimbo? it's not bimbo. anyway, those brands, including wonder bread, baker's pride and butternut. the bankrupt company liquidating and the bread brands could bring in more than $350 million. of course we all want twinkies so that could be a good thing. finally a key hurdle has been cleared as american airlines and us airways finally explore a emergencier. us airways pilots have backed a proposal by american's pilots union. and those details about the two groups would be combined in the event a deal was struck, a bankrupt american is expected to consider the merger proposal at a board meeting this week. so we might have a deal finally. or at least we're getting closer. we've been talking about that one for a very long time. becky, back to you. >> andrew, thank you. why don't we take a look at where the futures stand this morning. we have a co
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nomination so far? we have kerry state, brennan, cia. >> i'm very happy about john kerry. john is a friend and i think he'll be great in the job. he's clearly wanted it. although, you know, hillary has been amazing. what an amazing -- i think the appointments are grb where i think the defense will be a fight. that will be fun to watch. >> let's talk about guns. i have been talking about this a lot. particularly since sandy hook, but before that. you're an independent in many ways, but what do you make of the gun debate. i'll tell you why i ask. in britain, it's not a political thing, never has been. never left or right. it's more of a human reaction when things happen, we have to do something. why is it so political in america? >> it's a part, i think, of how our country was formed. we did have to take up arms to form our country. >> to get rid of us. >> i didn't want to say it, but if you're going to bring it up, yeah, to get you guys out. there's that. it's in our constitution. look, i own a gun. you know, i'm gone a lot. i have a wife, i have two kids. i know how to keep them. they're i
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